Overview

Design beautiful customizable luminary lanterns for your home or garden. Cut them out on a vinyl cutter or laser cutter, and fill them with light using a Circuit Playground Bluefruit Express and Adafruit's NeoPixel rings. Add custom color animations and control the lanterns with Adafruit's BlueFruit app. 

We've also added capacitive touch control, so you can change color modes just by touching the lantern. Circuit Playground Express has all this functionality already built-in, so it's easier than ever to create gorgeous controllable lights.

If you're making just one lantern, this project doesn't require any soldering at all! The Circuit Playground's onboard lights will do the work. If you want to make multiple synchronized lanterns, it's easy to solder NeoPixel rings to the Circuit Playground and string together as many lanterns as you'd like.

Parts

Circuit Playground Bluefruit - Bluetooth Low Energy

PRODUCT ID: 4333
Circuit Playground Bluefruit is our third board in the Circuit Playground series, another step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've...
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NeoPixel Ring - 12 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers

PRODUCT ID: 1643
Round and round and round they go! 12 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.5" (37mm) outer diameter. The rings are 'chainable' - connect the...
$7.50
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5V 2A Switching Power Supply w/ USB-A Connector

PRODUCT ID: 1994
Our 5V 2A USB power adapter is the perfect choice for powering single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or anything else that's power hungry!This adapter was...
$7.95
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5V 2A (2000mA) switching power supply - UL Listed

PRODUCT ID: 276
This is a FCC/CE certified and UL listed power supply. Need a lot of 5V power? This switching supply gives a clean regulated 5V output at up to 2000mA. 110 or 240 input, so it works in...
$7.95
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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 2500mAh

PRODUCT ID: 328
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$14.95
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1 x 4 Conductor Silicone Wire
Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 4 Wires 1 Meter Long
1 x Copper Foil Tape
Conductive Adhesive - 25mm x 15 meter roll
1 x 2 M USB Cable
A to micro B, purple braided covering
1 x DC Female Adapter
Female DC Power adapter - 2.1mm jack to screw terminal block
1 x Craft Knife
Slice Craft Knife with Ceramic Blade

Materials & Tools

  • Vinyl cutter or laser cutter (or a knife and lots of patience)
  • Soldering Iron & accessories
  • Pretty paper or poster board
  • Clear plastic poster board for diffusion
  • Glue (I used hot glue)
  • Utility Knife and/or putty knife 
This guide was first published on Nov 27, 2019. It was last updated on Nov 27, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Dec 05, 2019.